My cousin, David Briddell, and Dr. Clara Small just finished and published the wonderful 300+ page book, “Men of Color, To Arms!“. This book details manumitted slaves and freed blacks from the Lower Eastern Shore of Maryland (Worcester and Somerset Counties) who served in the Civil War. This compilation is truly a gem, and represents years of research by the authors. I love to see and promote books like this.
Numerous primary sources were utilized including Maryland Adjutant General’s records, U.S. Treasury Bounty Rolls, land, probate and court records, U.S. Colored Troops slave rolls and oral history interviews. There are newspaper recruitment ads in the book, maps, photographs and articles on relevant topics such as Selling Slaves in Princess Anne, MD. Many times, for former slaves, the name of the former owner is revealed within the records.
David Briddell and I met online, right at the beginning of my genealogy journey many years ago. We soon discovered that his gg- grandmother Harriett Waters and my ggg-grandfather Daniel Waters were siblings. We have kept in contact ever since. I do hope those researching in these areas will pick it up….you will not be disappointed! I hope some of us continue this tradition and publish more records for and about African-Americans.
If interested, you can purchase this book from Arcadia Publishers.